Homemade dishes, good music, and unlimited beverages, family activities whatever you typically do to give thanks… get ready for it!
Once you get done pigging out, you still want to look refreshed and have wiggle room in your clothes. I strive for comfortably when I’m getting dressed but especially around this time of year when I’m expecting turkey. Dressing comfy and cute takes some strategy. Allow me to give 5 tips without compromising your style this season.
Oversized sweaters and leggings.
Two piece jogger is perfect.
A sweater dress and knee boots are comfy & chic.
Anything with an eslastic waitband.
Oversized skirts with sweaters/cardigans.
These 5 looks can be interchangeable so take a little bit of this and that and play. If your not a sweater chick go for a simple Tee shirt. Personally, I would stay away from the jeans at the dinner table unless they are the best stretchy pair you own.
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The beret hats are the most chickest thing I’ve seen. Chic, stylist, and warm for these cold days ahead.
I went browsing inside the mall a few weeks back looking for inspiration and ideas on how to upgrade my wardrobe. Seeing the beret hats I knew instantly this was what I needed in my life. The beret comes in different colors and even cute saying embroidered on the inside. Forever21 has plenty of styles from fur balls, chains, anything you could think of to jazz up your beret french style.
Now as you know, I’m not into the “trends”. I dig the beret based off how fashionable and how well it fits my personality…. And their cheap! Let’s see how these ladies are rocking their hats.
You have the option of dressing your hat up or down. I also like the beret hats because they are unisex piece so try out the men’s department and find some even cooler patterns. I know for sure Forever21 & Amazon willhave you covered if you decide to purchase your chic beret hat.
Thanks for reading. If you cop yourself a beret this winter, tell a sistah about it so I can compliment how fashionable you look. Maybe we can be twinzies!
Being a military brat, I lived and traveled to several states. Both of my parents are from Birmingham, Al so this is where I call home.
Birmingham, Al has a reputation for high crime rates, rising HIV/AIDS, low paying occupations, poor school systems, and let’s not forget the racism history, but Birmingham is so much more than the negative. You see Birmingham is on the rise for great things. We are on the rise for greatness and creating a vibrant city. By providing new jobs, (fingers crossed for Amazon) bringing awarness and free testing for diseases and giving the Magic City a chance to shine through with the gifts of fashion/beauty.
This past week designers/Founders of MagicCityFashionWeek, DerekDeAndre and DanielGrier blessed the city with a weeks worth of excitement, networking, free HIV testing, fashion tips, celebrity guests and much much more. These two men saw past the naysayers and decided to extend the positivity of Birmingham and cultivate bloggers, stylist, desginers, MUA, and photographers of the city.
Let‘srecap! Andseehow MCFW went…
The magic city fashion events ran from October 24th until October 28th. Each day was a different genre of styles which in my opinon kept the agenda fun, flirty, and intresting. Even the locations were changed each day, so if you were new to the area or you don’t get out much you were able to explore a new facility.
Dayone was kicked off with “TailoredTuesday” at Cottons Department Store. This was a showcasing for our gentleman. Unfortunately, I was unable to make this show but from all the footage and being in attendance for the other shows following that week I know I missed a treat.
Day two transition for the ladies. “Everyday Woman Wednesday” hosted by the lovely VictoriaSanders B.K.A. Vicstyles one of my inspirational bloggers. This event took place at Belk in the Summit. Lily Pulitzer also showcased her colorful printed resort spring collection. Ladies were given tips and guidelines on how to create and transition their wardrobe young or old everyone walked away with knowledge.
Top 3 things every lady should have in their closet:
A nice black dress.
A tailored black suit jacket.
A pump nothing too fancy keep it simple.
Daythree “StreetstyleThursday” show was held at Macy’s inside the Brookwood mall. This was one of my favorite shows hands down. I consider my wardrobe to be an upscale street style so I was pumped and ready. Everyone from different walks of life brought their own sense of style making it a diverse environment. Special guest DJGorgeous was on the ones and twos mixing up nice sounds for our models to strut their stuff.
Last but not least FashionFriday was the grand show held at the Goldstein & Cohen building. We had emerging fashion desginers competing for over $5,000 worth of prize.
Magic City Fashion Week out did themselves with the finale. The show was full of beautiful human beings with fall season in full effect. Tall boots, dresses, hats, velvet, ( I love Velvets) furs you name it.
The finale show was hosted by Beyonces very own style team TyHunter and Raquel Smith. The hostess interacted with the designers, models, and stylist. Questions were asked by the audience members. Advice and goals were passed along from Mr. hunter himself.
Stay off social media and use that time to build your brand and work on goals.
Don’t be afraid, you can’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.
There’s a first for everything.
It was SplashiversaryEmergingDesignerCompetition with DanielGrier & DerekDeandre. During the show, SplashedbyDKG presentedtheirbrand. Models were to wear the designer pieces and rip the runway. The ambiance was elegant and laid back, it was a vibe!
After models were done showcasing, it was time to vote a winner. This was such a hard decision because every designer gave 100% and did an awesome job. You had 5 designers to choose for the win; Ariel Smith, Demetrius Blayde, Ashley Stoves, Shan Latris, and Kenya Buchanan. Kenya B.wasthegrandprizewinnerleaving the venue with over $5,000 worth of prize.
This is how you cultivate by bringing opportunities to your city so that individuals will not have the need to travel and move to bigger cities such as New York and Atlanta to be successful. I don’t know about you but I am glad two African-american men thought enough of Birmingham to create MCFW. I am so excited to see what next year brings, and the year after that, and the year after that.
MCFW mission is to fill the void in the Birmingham creative community while emerging talent to express themselves through fashion, bring social change, and promote diversity. This platform did just that if not more. MCFW will grow beyond measures but we need your support. To find out how you can get involved head over to MagicCityFashionWeek.com to see more on this year’s extravaganza.
Do you believe music changes your sense of style? What about Ideas? Vision? Smell?
Do you believe music and fashion go hand and hand?
I answer Yes!
This past weekend, actuallyeverymorningtojumpstartmyday; I have listened to the magnificent FelaKuti. Histunes are like no other; leaving me speechless.Vibing to music is essential for me, if I can’t relate or feel the essence it becomes pointless. To give a brief background on Fela Kuti, hewas a musician and a Nigerian tornado of man.Freespirited, flawed, unbalanced soul and this is why I have gravitated towards his craft. His clothing choices were authentic and expressive. Wearing underwear in public to do interviews and make appearances is such BOLDNESS.
I finally can say this was music to my ears.
The instruments and seriously cool energy I hear throughout the songs changes my mood, with a burst of spirit lifiting effects. Makes you want to dance in the streets. The sounds and vibrations put me in a zone of the 70’s era. Burn yourself a incense, light a candle, and turn on the disco ball whatever is your choice. ErykahBadu recommends burning a nice one.
Allow me to explain what I see in Fela’s music. Each photo gives fashion details of what Fela Kuti lookslikethroughmyeyes as I listen through my earpieces.
I don’t have a Vinyl player but after receiving word that Ms. ErykahBadu curated a box set series of Fela Kuti includesevenpioneeralbums: Yellow Fever, No Argeement, J.J.D., V.I.P., Coffin For Head of State, Army Arrangements, and Underground System I will surely be investing in a vinyl player.
Music gives me inspiration, motivation, and enhances my creatvity and even boost my wardrobe ideas. I guess music is a medium for spreading the message. Thank you Mr. Kuti for being a genius and channeling your spirit.
What do you feel/see when you are listening to music?
Everybody does not have to know you are broke! That’s one reason I love thrifting. You can look marvelous on a budget, find artisty pieces, and even mimic celebrity looks. People are jumping on this frugal bandwagon, even to host fashion shows.
On this past Friday, Max Rykov hosted an free but amazing charitable thrift store runway event in Birmingham, Alabama at Trim Tab Brewing Company. This was not your ordinary fashion show. The runway consisted of wacky, tacky, and creative wardrobe pieces.
Racks were filled with plenty of patterns, fabrics, and designs donated from the finest thrift stores in the the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area.
Howdidtheeventwork? A total team of 8 with groups of 4 signed up with a fee of $20 each to compete. Each team was assigned a stylist, model, and a seamstress. The profits benefited the non-profit organization Bib&Tucker Sew Op. Teams had unlimited time to shop the racks and then pass their items along to the seamstress who then sewed together the outfits. The models were to rip the runway to be judged by local panelist.
While outfits were being sewed, Birminghamians were able to shop racks, try on clothes, visit the food truck, socialize, and purchase beverages. There was even a professional photographer taking free photos by the name of Marika Johnson.
Great things transpired on Friday night. Money was raised for a great a cause, individuality was at an all time high, and people had an overall amazing time. I’m always down for anything invovling thrifting, so as soon as I heard about a ThriftStoreRunaway I immediately contacted Max for more information on how to be apart of this extravaganza.
A $1.99 tan crop top| $2.99 oversized burgundy pants| Target brand of Tevas shoes|Purse?|Hair by me.
A Million Dollar style for < $20.
I came thrifted and ready to be with my thriftsociety.
We all have to get out and shop periodocally for the things we need and want. Sometimes going inside the mall is just not an option. Dealing with traffic, people, and long lines can be a headache especially on a busy day like Saturday. This is why I am so grateful for the vendors that participated in the Magic City Market this past Saturday at the Ensley Live Loft hosted by Magic City Fashion Week. Several vendors packed the venue with creativity and astonishing gifts.
You had vendors from all walks of life such as Boarderlandcreations. Shopping with boardercreations was fun! You can find custom made pieces for all ages. My daughter even fell in love with a pair of earrings that were on the clearance table. Yes!! Clearance items were on the market Saturday. You also had more jewerly vendors like Paparazzi, where all jewerly is $5. Of course, you can not have a market without clothes and shoes. Desginers Splashed by DKG, Velvet Lux, Seamstress and desginer TaQuimia Baseemah owner of Q´z Closet and many more were present.
If you needed a handbag, K &T’s Boutique had you covered along with speciality handbags by AdaChic Designs which are made from Africa.
I spoke with the ladies of SoPerfect Studio located on Lorna Road. At SoPerfect Studio you can purchase hair extensions for a reasonable price. There were samples of their product to test during Saturday’s market and I will be visiting these ladies soon for my next hair extension purchase. Besides, us girls are always looking for a friendly place to buy great hair.
After the excitement of shopping and networking more than likely you will work up an appetite. That part was covered nicely as well. Food and drinks were served during the market keeping your energy levels high and the vibes flowing. I don’t know about you, but a snack is always welcomed during my shopping time. This way I can continue my shopping needs without having to leave for lunch.
My favorite highlight of the market was the juice station. Test tasting natural healthy juices with Rochelle Liston was a new experience and regreshing since we’re still topping out at 85°. There you can get all your fruits and vegetables in one setting. She gave out samples for her customers to taste as we guessed what ingredients were used to make the natural juices.
I love markets for these very specific reasons.
I like to support local vendors
No long lines/traffic jams
Network, the learning of new businesses and upcoming entrepreneurs
Custom made items to purchsse
If your as luckily as I was, your event will serve mimosas too.
WhatIwore? …. Thrift with a mix of desginers.
Money bag: Coach
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: New Balance
Thanks Magic City Fashion Week for an amazing gathering! I enjoyed shopping, sipping, and socializing without having to fight for a park and stand in a big crowd of people. Looking forward to more events in the city. Hopefully, you all can check out the vendors listed and find great items to bring home.
Being a newbie to networking, I always get this feeling of anxiety and “bubbleguts” in my belly when I have an event to attend with a room full of strangers. In the past, I have chickened out on events and meetings from fear of having to interact with my peers. Wondering if I will make a good impression or say the right things. I could find 99 reasons why I could not make a networking event. Although, there are times when things do get crazy around my house since I am a mother first and I work a full-time job, I knew I was using this as a crutch to not network. Depsite the networking anxiety I had to prepare myself so that I would not miss another opportunity and to learn new things.
I missed the first Blogger’s night out hosted by Magic City Fashion Week back in August, but I made a vow to myself that I would mark my calendar and show for part II of the event. It was not an easy task. All day at work I sat at my desk and thought of again, 99 reasons why I could not make this event. The devil was on one shoulder and a angel on the other. I turned the negative switch off, fought my demons, got dressed, and went to blogger’s night out on the rooftop at The Redmont Hotel.
As I arrived, the ambience was amazing and seeing smiling faces put me at ease immediately. We had two beautiful professional guess speakers; Javacia the Founder of See Jane Write and author Curtrice Williams. These two ladies gave us a precious gift of knowledge, wisdom, and tips that we as bloggers can carry along the way. No matter if your a beginner, intermediate, or expert blogger here are a few things to remember.
Staying consist and being transparent to your readers.
Treat your blog like a job, show up and write something even if it’s just a sentence.
Write daily or else it takes away from your creativity.
Before writing, ask youreslf how do you feel right now and why?
Find your niche.
What did I wear???
Simple. A $4.99 dress shirt I picked up along the way at the thrift store. I like layers, so with that being said I placed some biker shorts found at H&M underneath my shirt, threw on a pair of ankle boots and accessorized with some fun socks and a hat. I try not to over think when it comes to dressing myself especially since I’m already on overload with the thought of “networking”. Typically, I find one piece of clothing I love and coordinate everything else around that one favorite piece.
Not showing for part II of bloggers night out would have been a disservice to myself. I’m so glad I did not allow the demons to deter me from attending. I left conquering my fears, feeling ambitious, and energetic.
~No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.